From A Reader: Seeking Thoughts On Autism And Faith
10/21/2013 - 11:49
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Do you have ideas on helping people on the Autism spectrum to feel God?

I am looking for ideas on this front. Scientific studies have shown that people on the Autism spectrum are much more likely to be atheists than others. Indeed, according to these studies, it may be impossible for some people on the autism spectrum to grasp G0d.

Take a look at this study in Psychology Today.

Now see this one.

It is important when working with people with disabilities to understand the difference between can't and won't. There are people on the Autism spectrum who, because of family or other pressures, have really tried to find God, or faith. But they can't see it, any more than a blind person can read without assisted technology or brail.

What are we to make of this? And should we keep pushing to help them find a way to find God, or should we find the part of God inside ourselves that might say, "This is just the way it should be for this person. And who knows, maybe they're right, and there isn't a God."

Alternatively, if someone on the spectrum want to have that experience for him or herself, what assistive technology or supports will help?

Thoughts? Experiences? I am all ears! 

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is the co-founder of RespectAbility USA and the co-director of the Mizrahi Family Charitable Trust. She is dyslexic and could not read and write well until she was 12.

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